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June 4, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part X)

An update on the efforts to connect #2014yearfp with the national consciousness: Approximately 25 people attended our most recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) town hall.  Michael Madsen of the Coffee Garden, an independent shop, hosted it and co-promoted it with Bonnie London from the local chapter of Organizing for Action and Michael Boyd of the […]

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May 10, 2013
You're Choosing Family Medicine!? Absolutely.

As I round out my 3rd year of medical school I, along with my classmates, should be feeling the excitement of choosing the specialty that we will spend the rest of our lives practicing.  Planning auditions, finding mentors, and growing into the physicians we so fervently want to be.  Unfortunately, this excitement has been tempered […]

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May 7, 2013
Clinical Practice: Leadership Practice

Greetings from San Francisco, where I am meeting with fellow California Academy of Family Physicians #FMRevolution-aries! Lately, I have been awash in thoughts about family medicine and leadership (blame it in part on my participation in the California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Program). We are, after all, at a historic juncture in redefining how to deliver health care […]

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April 24, 2013
2013 AAFP NCSC: Being There and Giving a Damn

Hard to believe but it has been almost exactly one year since the 2012 American Academy of Family Physicians‘ National Conference of Special Constituencies. I had the privilege of serving as the Convener, or conference chair, and we all had the privilege of hearing from Dr. G. Gayle Stephens, one of the original Family Medicine Revolution-aries. During his keynote, […]

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April 15, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part IX)

Since 1927, Time Magazine has recognized a person, group, or entity, who or which “most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”  Previous concept designees have included the Middle Americans, American Women, the computer and the Endangered Earth.  Let us look ahead to 2014 […]

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March 18, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part VIII)

In mid-February, I received an e-mail from Larry Bauer, CEO for the Family Medicine Education Consortium [FMEC], Inc.  FMEC focuses on improving healthcare through the advocacy and advancement of family medicine.  Their members stretch from Maine to Florida and include AAFP state chapters, hospitals, primary care associations, and family medicine residencies.  He wanted to collaborate […]

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March 13, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part VII)

So far, we have conducted two town hall hot spots discussing the Affordable Care Act [ACA].  Akin to Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, it was the worst of meetings and it was the best of meetings.  The first one was held in an independent coffee shop on the outskirts of downtown Sacramento.  The owner […]

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February 13, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part VI)

by Ronald L. Fong, MD, MPH I have attached a photo of the bumper sticker we printed for #2014yearfp.  Contact me and I will send you one.  The sticker is designed for us to engage with others.  Movement organizers speak of recruitment to advance the cause.  I would rather focus on identification instead.  When we […]

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January 29, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part V)

by Ronald L. Fong, MD, MPH In colonial times, the local tavern served as a gathering place for the community to discuss politics.  Some taverns functioned as makeshift post offices or local government offices.  The modern day descendent of the tavern is the coffee shop.  Coffee shops have captured the third space appeal, where people […]

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January 23, 2013
2014: Year of the Family Physician (Part IV)

by Ronald L. Fong, MD, MPH In a previous blog, I discussed the “what,” “how,” and “why” of a movement.  I neglected to include the “who” in a movement.  Although I envision every profession and discipline contributing to #2014yearfp, family physicians will have to plant the seeds.  I hope you will incorporate enterprise farmer into […]

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